Headlines are always the hardest things to proofread. You mean "Gallery" instead of "Galley."
I would be more than reluctant to give a presumably important password to a third party. And if I had no alternative, I'd change it *immediately* afterwards. As in having the change password window open and ready to go to make it harder to forget.
I don't expect that zangzing would store it, but it's just way too easy to have 'minor' bugs that let things escape, such as get/post confusions. And Murphy is always watching over us (though I think he's been concentrating on me lately :-))
Caution is always appropriate with passwords, though you'll need to evaluate that in part based on how important your MobileMe data is (perhaps not very, if you're planning to move everything else to iCloud). And of course, there's nothing wrong with resetting the password afterwards, since if you suck all your MobileMe Gallery albums over to ZangZing, you won't need to connect ever again.
I don't know how MobileMe does this, but with many login-related services like Twitter, Google, and Facebook, the site never sees your password; it's handled via an authentication protocol to the site hosting your credentials instead.
Is there any hint that Apple will have a Gallery like service in iCloud? It is so easy to share photos via iPhoto and Gallery.
None that I've heard, and it's pretty clear that Apple is focusing iCloud on syncing services between apps on your own devices, not any sort of Web publishing as with Gallery. I wouldn't bet on anything from Apple.
I found ZangZing almost easier than iPhoto/MobileMe because you start the process from the ZangZing Web site, which makes slightly more sense to me than starting it from iPhoto, given that the goal is to end up with an album on the Web.
I signed up for ZZ upon reading the first mention in TidBits. The import was seamless, and the service seems quick enough. But I’ve noticed that downloading individual or group files doesn’t give you the full-res files that are currently resident on MobileMe.
I don’t know if that will change, or if I’ve set it up incorrectly, but all-in-all, it’s a good service, well worth some cost.
Good to know - it's possible that MobileMe doesn't make that available in the way ZangZing can get in.
In such cases, you'd probably want to reupload from iPhoto, assuming you still have the photos there.
We should be getting the full resolution photos from MobileMe. Are you right mouse clicking on the photo to download or are you clicking on the i menu on the photo grid to download the photo via ZangZing?
If you are right mouse clicking, we optimize the screen resolution photo for bandwidth but when you choose download from the i menu we download the original photo.
If it's not working, can you please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can figure it out?
Excellent diagnostic question (d’uh!) to which I don’t remember the answer., I’ll try both, and report back.
Joseph, you’re absolutely right. I’d like to see the choice made a little clearer, maybe hi-res/screen-res options under the “i” download menu, but the full-size downloads are faithful.
Almost all my photos originate in Lightroom, and are output as full-size jpg files for import to iPhoto and upload to MobileMe. In some future iteration of ZZ, will there be the option of uploading dng files -- which I tried last night, but were not recognized by the uploading routing when I selected My Computer, and made my way to the appropriate photo folders in Lightroom?
Thanks for the note. This just gets better and better.
Steve - great, glad it worked. We got a little nervous here that we had not gotten your full res photos...
On Lightroom, we are working on an API for the service that we are also using for our iphone app. Once we finalize the API we are going to start developing plug ins for iphoto, lightroom and aperture. For dng files, we have not had lots of requests for that but RAW is on our (unfortunately long) to do list... Thanks for the help and patience!
Thanks, Joseph. On reflection, I think that RAW files is too niche-y a request to make; an output plug-in for full-res jpg uploads from Lightroom and other photo editing programs would be lovely.
On another topic, now that I’ve played with the website a bit, I’ve added a few new feature requests to my list:
Being able to sort a page/gallery by something other than filename (which may have to do with the limited metadata I included with the photos, or not...); and having the website “remember” the last-selected photo chosen to view full screen, so that when that photo is closed, you’re not always returned to the top of the gallery page, but, instead, to the place you last were when you selected an image to expand.
Happy Holidays, Joseph!
Works great for public MobileMe Gallery albums. However it chokes when importing password-protected ('private') albums. The MobileMe authentication screen appears multiple times (once for each photo?) then ZangZing quits out of the album you're trying to import. If you then go back in to your new album then imports successfully. Still a few bugs to sort out, but looking very promising!
Good report - thanks. I'll make sure they know about it.
Thanks for letting us know about this. We are working on a bug fix for this right now. The issue seems to be password protected albums that are uploaded from iphoto. We hope to have it out in the next day or so... Sorry about that.
We rolled out a bunch of fixes over the past few days for this. For any photos that had an error, you will have to delete them and then re-import them and it should work now. If you email me at email@example.com directly I can help diagnose and fix. Apologies and thanks for the patience.
Does ZangZing handle video?
Not yet, but it's on their list (I've asked), and I expect it to come relatively soon.
I tried it today -- works like a charm!
I already imported a MobileMe gallery with no fuss :-)
If you to see it:
Glad it worked well for you - gorgeous castle photos!
More on it...
After some use, a troublesome drawback:
the incitement for the user - the person who takes a look on your gallery is urged to "Sign in" and to "Join" ZangZing [ZZ] ...
I was surprised to see that some otherwise techno-literate persons were feared by the ZZ message publicizing my new gallery -- they thought it was some identity usurpation (and they thrown away the message) ;->
Moreover, if you chose the "hidden" item (no sign in, simple access via the gallery URL), one is able to see the images (at least!) - but one is urged to "Join" in order to add a comment...
So, to summarize, ZZ is very good for the "poster", I must admit
- but it is somewhat troublesome for the "viewer" ;->
Médard- thanks for the feedback. Glad you like the "poster" experience and appreciate the feedback on the viewer experience...
On the emails, we will take a look at ways to improve the language. And on the question re: comments, we don't allow anonymous comments so avoid the comment spam problem and that's why people have to create an account to comment.
Thanks again and please keep the comments and feedback coming. You can also send it to us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
OKay -- I forgot the spam question ;->
The addressee received this:
Hi, I thought you would like to see MÃ©dard ROUYEUX's photo on ZangZing
1) There is a woe with accented characters ;-)
2) She asked me for:
tu ne peux pas changer le texte du message ?
is it possible to edit the message text?
3) and I add:
How about translating ZZ in other languages?